Department of Otolaryngology

Umamaheswar Duvvuri, MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology

Education & Training

  • 1996 University of Pennsylvania, M.S.E. Bioengineering
  • Graduate: 1996-2002 University of Pennsylvania M.D. Medicine
  • Graduate: 1996-2002 University of Pennsylvania Ph.D. Biophysics
  • 2002-2003 General Surgery University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Intern
  • 2003-2007 Otolaryngology University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Resident
  • 2007-2008 Head & Neck Surgery UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Fellow

Representative Publications

Purgina B, Bastaki JM, Duvvuri U, Seethala RR. A Subset of Sinonasal Non-Intestinal Type Adenocarcinomas are Truly Seromucinous Adenocarcinomas: A Morphologic and Immunophenotypic Assessment and Description of a Novel Pitfall. Head & Neck Pathology. 2015 Dec;9(4):436-46. PMID: 25690258

Hodnett BL, Schmitt NC, Thirumala PD, Duvvuri U. Intraoperative identification of the human communicating nerve during thyroidectomy. J Surg Case Rep. 2015 Dec 13;2015(12).pii:rjv154. doi:10.1093/jscr/rjv154. PMID: 26666834. Free PMC Article

Aydil U, Duvvuri U, Kizil Y, Köybaşioğlu A. Tumour-node-metastasis staging of human papillomavirus negative upper aerodigestive tract cancers: a critical appraisal. J Laryngol Otol. 2015 Dec;129(12):1148-55. doi: 10.1017/S0022215115002686.PMID: 26446522

De Almeida JR, Li R, Magnuson JS, Smith RV, Moore E, Lawson G, Remacle M, Ganly I, Kraus DH, Teng MS, Miles BA, White H, Duvvuri U, Ferris RL, Mehta V, Kiyosaki K, Damrose EJ, Wang SJ, Kupferman ME, Koh YW, Genden EM, Holsinger FC. Oncologic Outcomes After Transoral Robotic Surgery: A Multi-institutional Study. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Dec 1;141(12):1043-51. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2015.1508. PMID: 26402479

Davis KS, Lim CM, Clump DA, Heron DE, Ohr JP, Kim S, Duvvuri U, Johnson JT, Ferris RL. Tumor volume as predictor of survival in human papillomavirus-positive oropharyngeal cancer. Head Neck. 2015 Dec 17. doi: 10.1002/hed.24287.[Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26681273

Kiess AP, Agrawal N, Brierley JD, Duvvuri U, Ferris RL, Genden E, Wong RJ, Tuttle RM, Lee NY, Randolph GW. External-beam radiotherapy for differentiated thyroid cancer locoregional control: A statement of the American Head and Neck Society. Head Neck. 2015 Dec 30. doi: 10.1002/hed.24357. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26716601

Damian D, Esquenazi J, Duvvuri U, Johnson JT, Sakai T. Incidence, outcome, and risk factors for postoperative pulmonary complications in head and neck cancer surgery patients with free flap reconstructions. J Clin Anesth. 2016 Feb;28:12-8.doi: 10.1016/j.jclinane.2015.08.007. Epub 2015 Nov 11. PMID: 26796608

Albergotti WG, Byrd JK, Nance M, Choi EC, Koh YW, Kim S, Duvvuri U. Robot-Assisted neck dissection through a modified facelift incision. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2016 Feb;125(2):123-9. doi: 10.1177/0003489415601127. PMID: 26282589

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Research Interest Summary

Minimally Invasive Endoscopic and Robotic Surgery of the Head and Neck, Tumors of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands, Molecular Oncology

Research Interests

Dr. Duvvuri joined the University of Pittsburgh in August 2008 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Division and is also a staff physician in the VA Pittsburgh healthcare System.  He serves as the Director of Robotic Surgery, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine and is the current Director of the Center for Advanced Robotics Training (CART) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Duvvuri directs the Cart Training Courses which provide technical and circumstantial resources to initiate and optimize robotic surgery programs. He has authored numerous research publications and book chapters and is an invited guest lecturer/speaker on the subject of robotic surgery both nationally and internationally.  Dr. Duvvuri is a Fulbright scholar, his research interests include minimally invasive endoscopic and robotic surgery of the head and neck, tumors of the thyroid and parathyroid glands and molecular oncology of head and neck cancer.  He directs a federally funded laboratory that studies the biology of head and neck cancer. He holds funding from the National Institute of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs and the “V” foundation.

Research Grants

Semaphorin 4D/Plexin B1 Signaling and Response to Therapy in Oral Carcinoma, 2011-2016, Department of Veterans Affairs/CDA-2

Genetic Alterations of PIK3CA Identify Actionable Targets for HPV-Associated Head and Neck Cancer, 11/1/2014-10/31/2016, The V Foundation

Cotargeting of P13K and HER3 in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma, 7/1/2015-6/30/2016, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF)

Head and Neck Cancer, 7/1/2016-6/30/2020, NIH

Phase II trial of Radiation, Pemextrexed and Ctuximab with or without Bevacizumab in Patients with Locally Advanced, 7/1/2015-12/31/2016

Investigating the Interaction between ErbB family and PIK3CA in SCCHN, 9/23/2015, Koltan Pharm Inc.

Novel Targets to Treat Head and Neck Cancer in Veterans, 10/1/2016-9/30/2020, Department of Veterans Affairs/I01